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The Easiest Strawberry Shortcake Recipe Ever!


Carrying on a long-standing tradition that my husband's family started when he was a little boy, often in the summer when it's just too hot to stand over the stove cooking dinner, I'll make strawberry shortcake for dinner. 

When I tell you this is the easiest strawberry shortcake recipe ever, I really mean it! There's no rolling out of dough, no long baking time, not even any whipping of cream. No messing with your mixer. Nothing.




Since the cream isn't whipped, but instead just poured around the edge of the bowl, the biscuits soak up a bit of it and it mixes with the macerated berries so nicely. I love that this recipe looks so rustic, is so quick and easy to make but also has a bit of elegance to it.

You can have this dessert (or eat it as your meal like we do!) on the table in no more than 20 minutes - which is really nice in the summer when you're spending more time outside and won't want to head inside to prepare dinner until the last second possible! And it's absolutely delicious! 




It's important to use really fresh strawberries, because they really are the star of the dish. And the riper and sweeter the berries, the less sugar you'll need to use. I put an estimate in the recipe for the amount of sugar you'll need, because I usually add a little bit, then taste the berries to see if I need to add more. I don't really measure it out.

I like the strawberries maybe halved if they're large, and then just rough chopped with a pastry dough blender, instead of sliced. I think it gives you a better "mouthful".  And don't forget to save the tops for your chickens! They'll love them! 


This recipe calls for Bakewell cream which is a local Maine baking product made right near where I live! It's not a liquid at all, but instead Bakewell cream is a leavening agent similar to cream of tartar. It's available on grocery store shelves here in New England, or you can find it online here. 

If you can't find any or just want to omit it from this recipe, you can substitute in 3 teaspoons of baking powder and skip the baking soda as well. But it's worth picking up a canister of it for light fluffy biscuits.


The Easiest Strawberry Shortcake Recipe Ever!

makes 4 dessert servings, or 2 generous dinner servings!
(scroll down for printable recipe card)

Ingredients

2 quarts fresh strawberries
1/4 - 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons Bakewell cream
1 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening or butter
3/4 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
4 pats of salted butter
Heavy whipping cream
Fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Be sure your oven rack is in the center of the oven.

Remove the strawberry tops and halve the larger berries, then add them to a large mixing bowl. Rough chop or smush them with a pastry dough blender, then mix in the sugar (1/4 to 1/2 cup) to taste. Stir well to combine and set aside.

Add flour, Bakewell cream, baking soda, the 1 teaspoon sugar and salt in a large bowl. Using the pastry dough blender, cut in the shortening or butter, then add the milk and vanilla bean paste and mix until just combined with a fork (or your hands). 

The dough will be fairly sticky. Scoop out the dough with a large ice cream scoop into 4 evenly-sized biscuits and space out on an ungreased cookie sheet. 

Bake the biscuits for 5 minutes, then turn off oven and leave the biscuits in the oven for 5 minutes more until golden brown.  

Remove the biscuits from the oven and split each biscuit in half. Spread each side with some butter while the biscuits are warm, then arrange in the dishes split sides up, two halves to each dish, spoon strawberries over the top and pour heavy cream around the edges of the dish to encircle the biscuit and berries. 

Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.





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Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Looking for the easiest strawberry shortcake recipe ever? Look no further. You can have dessert on the table in less than 20 minutes!
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 20 M

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons Bakewell cream
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening or butter
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 4 pats of salted butter
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Be sure your oven rack is in the center of the oven.
  2. Remove the strawberry tops and halve the larger berries, then add them to a large mixing bowl. Rough chop or smush them with a pastry dough blender, then mix in the sugar (1/4 to 1/2 cup) to taste. Stir well to combine and set aside.
  3. Add flour, Bakewell cream, baking soda, the 1 teaspoon sugar and salt in a large bowl. Using the pastry dough blender, cut in the shortening or butter, then add the milk and vanilla bean paste and mix until just combined with a fork (or your hands).
  4. The dough will be fairly sticky. Scoop out the dough with a large ice cream scoop into 4 evenly-sized biscuits and space out on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake the biscuits for 5 minutes, then turn off oven and leave the biscuits in the oven for 5 minutes more until golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven, and split in half. Spread each side with some butter while the biscuits are warm, then arrange in the dishes split sides up, two halves to each dish, spoon strawberries over the top and pour heavy cream around the edges of the dish.
  7. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.
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